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Juneathon Day 27: Experiment

Yesterday was in the 90’s (again), so it was a good thing I only had a 3 mile run. While I was at work, I got to thinking that I haven’t done a run where I didn’t worry about pace since I got my Nike+watch. I decided it would be a good day to run on feel instead of hounding a pace, especially when it was so hot.

I parked at a different spot by the trail, because I had to get home quickly after. But the whole trail was open! Yay! I put my screen so I just saw distance and headed out.

Unfortunately, the spot on the trail that I was by had no shade. And no shade for almost that whole first mile. The second mile had some more shade, but barely. When I turned around, the wind was blowing at me (and it was a pretty strong wind!) and I could tell that I may have gone out too fast and the heat was getting to me. Even though it was really hot, this run seemed to fly by.

I got back to my vehicle and was dripping with sweat. Yuck. Luckily I had some water in my car and I quickly drank that.

When I plugged in my watch to my computer, I was anxious to see how my run had gone. Well, it was as expected, I went out pretty fast and lost (a lot) of steam as the run went on. Oh well, can’t win them all.

Mile 1: 8:39

Mile 2: 8:57

Mile 3: 9:19

I don’t know how many of these kinds of runs I’ll do where I don’t look at my pace. But yesterday was so hot and it was only 3 miles, so it was a fun little experiment.

Juneathon Day 27: 3miles. 27:59.

Also, last night I had a meeting with my running club. The guest speaker was the race director of the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon (remember the one that got cancelled mid-race). It was interesting to hear what all goes on in calling a race and other little details. He did a very good job at explaining everything that happened this year. And he also talked about what is being looked at for next year to make the race better.


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Juneathon Days 24 and 25

Sunday I had to attend my cousins graduation party in Milwaukee so I just did some crunches and push-ups. Nothing thrilling.

I REALLY REALLY REALLY (really really really) want to PR my upcoming 5k. Basically anything under 26min. My plan is go just go all out. Run like I’m going to die and then keep running. So I figure I’m going to have to practice faster running. Today I attempted fartleks with much success.

My Nike+ watch has a feature where I can tap the screen and it makes a lap. I used this feature to time myself with my fartleks.

The plan today was 4miles. I ran the first mile regular, then sporadically ran the middle 2miles, and ran the last mile regular again. Here are my mile splits:

Mile 1: 9:11

Mile 2: 8:51

Mile 3: 8:39

Mile 4: 9:05

I rested for about 30secs between each fartlek. Comparing the first few intervals to the last ones, I did get faster:
First few:
0.19mi- 8:12pace
0.14mi- 8:03pace
0.15mi- 8:26pace
Last ones:
0.20mi- 8:00pace
0.29mi- 7:51pace (yay!)
0.22mi- 7:46pace

This was my first attempt at it and I felt AWESOME after. It was so great. Better than just straight running for 4 miles. Fartleks and some speed work will be in my future training.

Juneathon day 24: crunches and push-ups

Juneathon day 25: 4miles. 36:21

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Juneathon Day 22: Lots of Different Things

Today my sister and I headed to the YMCA. I would love if this becomes a weekly trip for us. It’s usually never THAT busy there on a Friday afternoon. And I like spending time with my sister.

I already had decided on doing my little gym triathlon: rowing, biking, running. I first did 15min on the rowing machine. My arms are probably going to be SORE tomorrow! Then I got on the bike and went for 9miles. And I was able to watch an episode of FRIENDS! Yay! Last was running and I used my Nike+ foot sensor and it actually worked for once…until it fell out of my shoelaces. Awkward. So I only did 2miles, which is okay because I’m running again tomorrow. My whole gym triathlon took about an hour and 10 min. It was really fun because I worked my whole body. Upper body with rowing, lower body with biking, and my whole body overall plus cardio with running.

After I got done with that, I tried out the Sci-Fit. Works the arms like CRAZY! Holy cow. That was an intense 10min. Then I did some weight machines for my legs and stretched while my sister finished up.

I got to thinking today about how crappy I always feel after work. I’m tired. Mentally drained. No energy. But once I get my work out clothes on and either get to my running spot or to the Y, I’m ready to go. The work day is out of my mind and I’m focused on my run or whatever I’m doing in the gym. And, of course, I feel FANTASTIC after. I always sing in the car on my way home and I’m just so much more happy when I’m done. Best. Feeling. Ever 🙂

Juneathon Day 22: 15min rowing machine. 40min biking (9miles). 17min running (2miles). 10min sci-fit. 20min weights/stretching.

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Juneathon: Day 1

This almost didn’t happen…and it’s only the first day of Juneathon!

Juneathon dude logo

My plan of attack today was to go to work, do some shopping after, and then come home and go on the elliptical. While I was shopping though, my parents called and asked if I wanted to go out to dinner with them. I wasn’t about to turn down a free meal (especially since I really hadn’t gotten a chance to eat all day), so I said yes and met them at Applebee’s.

This posed as a dilemma. It was already 6:00pm. I don’t like working out late at night because then I can’t sleep (I’m most productive after I work out). But, when I got home at 7:45, I still definitely felt like working out. So the elliptical it was!

I bought my first pair of Nike tempo shorts at Dick’s Sporting Goods. I now want them in every color, they are so comfy!

Day 1 of Juneathon complete: 20min elliptical

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Marathon Training: Day 1

And so it begins….MARATHON TRAINING! I’m so excited. Pushing and testing my body this summer. Participating in Juneathon in a few days. Endorphins!!!

Surprisingly, on this Memorial Day, my run was has been the better part of my day. And my run even started off a little rocky.

Seeing that I had the day off, I was able to run my route by my house this morning. Hooray! It’s shaded, very peaceful and there is usually no one else on this trail. I gathered my things (watch, car key, visor) and drove to my route. It wasn’t until I got there that I realized that I forgot my iPod. Boo. I can’t remember EVER working out without music. I was tempted to go back to my house to get it (a 2 min drive), but didn’t really feel like it. It was already really hot, so I just wanted to get running.

I synced up my watch and was off.

Hello Trail

It was only 9:30am, but it was already almost 75* and really humid. The breeze helped a lot, although the trees blocked most of it. Seeing that I didn’t have my iPod, I focused on my breathing. 3 inhales with 3 steps:2 exhales with 2 steps. It was actually really nice without music because it was such a nice (warm) morning and I could enjoy it a whole lot more.

The plan for today was 3 miles. I’ve been REALLY trying lately to start off SLOWLY. The past few runs I’ve done really well with making the first mile either the slowest or one of the slowest. It always seems weird going slow, but I know I will have energy left over for the rest of my run.
Mile 1: 9:35
Mile 2: 9:47
Mile 3: 8:55

After 3 miles, I was so sweaty from the humidity. I went home and plugged my Nike+ Sportwatch into my computer, and nothing happened. My computer was displaying a malfunctioning message. I tried everything I could think of to fix it, but I ended up calling Nike+ Support. 35min later and countless attempts at fixing it, the only solution was to go to Target and return it for a new one. So this afternoon I went to exchange it. Hopefully this one will have better luck.

Have you ever had any problems with your GPS watch?

Are you good at starting your runs off slow?

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Cellcom Half-Marathon Recap!!

Sunday Race day!

Sunday morning my alarm was set for 4:45am and I woke up so nervous! I’ve never been nervous for any of my other races, although this race was 10 miles longer than all my previous races. I was ready to go by 5:15, so I left. Good thing I did because on the way I was still a little hungry, even after my Clif Bar, so I stopped at Festival Foods and bought a banana.

I arrived in Green Bay at 5:50, parked, and walked to Lambeau Field. By this time, it was almost 70 degrees. There was water for people to drink and some bagels and fruit too. I stretched and just stayed relaxed. I had done my training, I tapered last week. I ate normally. Drank fluids Saturday. I knew I was ready.

I migrated to the starting area around 6:40. There weren’t corrals, just signs posted with paces on them. I lined up between the 9:00-10:00 minute mile signs.

The gun went off at 7:00am and we slowly waited to cross the starting line. I felt fine when I started running. My nerves had gone away and I was looking forward to the next 13.1 miles.

Because of the heat, I wasn’t aiming for 2hrs anymore. I just wanted to finish safely. My plan was to take water and Gatorade at almost every aid station and whatever food was offered.

The support from the community was wonderful. Almost every part of the course had cheering crowds and that helped tremendously. They stood out in the heat and cheered all the runners on. Awesome. And many homes put out sprinklers and hoses for runners to go under. I went through almost all of them and it sort of gave me a wake up when I was getting warm and tired.

Mile 1- 9:38

Mile 2- 9:49

Mile 3- 9:45

I was feeling good those first 3 miles, haha! We were running around residential parts, so it was pretty flat. I took water at every station but the one at mile 2.

Mile 4-9:46

Mile 5-9:48

Mile 6-9:51

Then miles 4-6 were still pretty flat. I dumped some water on my head at one of the stations, but I was still feeling good.

I knew once I hit mile 6, I only had a little ways until I saw my family. Yay! They were watching at my aunt and uncles house that was along the course. I ran passed them and gave them a wave and felt so good! I needed that then. It was (almost) the halfway point and their cheering helped me keep going. My uncle had a sprinkler and I ran through it and kept going.

The sea of runners

I’m the waving dork in the middle

Although, once we got to mile 6, it was a steady incline until mile 8. Around mile 6, they were handing out orange slices, which were very yummy and appreciated (although I should have grabbed 2 instead of 1). Then at mile 7 there was GU. After my last GU fiasco, I definitely didn’t want the vanilla one, so I got the chocolate. When I went through water stations, I walked or jogged. It only took about 5secs to down the water and I was off again, so I wasn’t too concerned, especially with the heat. I would rather be hydrated and finish than skip water stations and not finish.

Mile 7- 10:22

Mile 8- 10:10

Mile 9- 10:13

A little slow going here. This was the boring part of the race. Mile 7 had quite a few hills, which were hard. But there were lots of spectators along the hilly section and that helped.

And this is  the part of the race where my Nike+ watch decided to stop tracking distance. I’m not sure if it was the heat, the sprinklers I kept going under, or a combination of both. I didn’t notice it until I picked up some speed, but my average pace on my watch was going up and up. Then I noticed that, according to my watch, I wasn’t going anywhere. So I stopped it and then synced it again.

I knew that once I got to mile 10, I had this. Even though it was hot, I had done 5ks before and I just kept telling myself that’s all I had left. That was until my inner thighs started chaffing really badly. I’ve never had problems with chaffing before. I consider myself lucky. I probably wouldn’t have had chaffing problems today either, but I went through all those hoses and sprinklers and when the water dried it made my skin more sticky=more friction=OUCH! So, that sucked, a lot.

(These paces are from the official race website and also from my re-synced watch. They are accurate-ish)

Mile 10-10:05

Mile 11- 9:44 (I have no idea. This is crazy!)

Mile 12- 10:19 (Walked through a water station, VERY HARD MILE!)

Finish- 10:09 (YAHOO!)

Since my watch stopped, I had no idea what mile I was on. Stupid me. Then, I saw mile marker 12 and I got so excited. I was so close! And that last mile was the HARDEST of the whole race. The wind had gone away. Barely any spectators. And no shade covering. I knew I just had to keep going. I could see Lambeau Field in the distance. It was SO CLOSE. I downed some water and ran.

We rounded a corner and entered into the Lambeau parking lot, where the finish line was. Even though that last mile was hard, I was determined to finish strong. The perfect song came on my iPod, I got a huge grin on my face and just ran. I don’t know where the extra energy came from, but it was there and I felt great. The crowd was cheering and clapping. And I crossed the finish line. Fantastic feeling. I fought the heat and miles and beat them both. I am a half-marathoner 🙂

Crossing the Finish Line!

Half-Marathoner 🙂

I got a few pictures taken and then got some water. My parents found me and they took some pictures as well. I had to use the port-a-potty since about mile 8, but was afraid to stop in fear that I wouldn’t start again. Finally, once I was done, I used one in the parking lot and it was a pretty awful experience. I felt worse when I came out than when I went in. I needed more fuel than just water. When I got dehydrated in February, I had diarrhea and then passed out. I DID NOT want that to happen. The parking lot was really warm and I needed to get my bag at the bag check and get some Gatorade or food.

I got my bag and felt much better when I got out of the sun and continued walking. After we got my bag, we started to leave to go get some breakfast. Perkins was our breakfast destination. When we got there, I saw on the Cellcom Marathon’s website that the course got closed due to the heat. Out of the 8,000 runners that started the morning, only 3,225 were able to finish before they closed. They were running out of ambulances for all the people that needed help. 22 people ended up going to the hospital.

I’m so glad that I was able to finish. I would have been really disappointed if I wouldn’t have been able to. After watching the weather the past few days, I knew I wasn’t going to make my 2hr goal and that was okay. I knew I had to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate that day and the days leading up to it. Again, I wanted to go slow and finish, than go fast and end up at the hospital.

I know this won’t be my last half-marathon. I still want to break 2 hours! There is a half-marathon I want to do in August to prep for the full marathon in September. Although, after Sunday, I’m quite nervous about signing up for the full. I have some time to think about it. And I probably still will sign up, knowing me 😛

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11 Days

11 more days! 5 mile run tomorrow and a long run on Friday and then it’s taper time!

My long run last Friday was decent. I figured out that when I don’t sync my Nike+ watch everyday, it doesn’t link with the satellites. Boo. So, needless to say, I used the stopwatch feature for that run of 11 miles. I ran on a trail that went past a few roads, so every road I went over, I tapped the screen and made a lap. Then when I got home, I figured out the distance between the roads and figured my pace out that way. Lesson I learned: sync up my watch, haha.

Saturday morning I did 5 miles just to shake out my legs and because I didn’t get my miles in, due to the tremendous amount of rain we got last week. I didn’t really care about pace, I just ran to run.

Yesterday I tried out a different running spot and I enjoyed it. It was the CE Trail in Kaukauna. Although it went through a couple major roads, which I always hate stopping at. Flat in some places, hilly in some places, good overall. I did 5 miles.

Today I did a pace run on my normal running route and it went well! I didn’t go out too fast, I got in a groove right away and just went for it. And I had a little steam left over for the last 0.5 miles to really run fast. I’m still hoping to hit that 2hr mark and I think I can do it. I said in this post, that I want to run the half with the 2hr pace team, and I still plan on doing that.

I’ve gotten back into strength training and it’s been amazing. I feel so much better running when I strength train before than when I just go run. Maybe I will have to do something like that before the half.

I’m still deciding on what I want to wear for the half marathon. Yes, that is the least of my worries, but I love picking out clothes for special occasions! I bought two new pairs of running shorts at Target and they are fantastic. I really just need to decide on the top yet.

Payday is Thursday and that is when I’m paying for my next two races: the Bellin 10k and the Fox Cities MARATHON. Oh man. Once it’s paid for, that’s it. No going back. I’m pumped 🙂

What do you like to wear for race day?

If you strength train, do you do it before or after your run? Or on your off days?

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19 Days

19 days until my Half-Marathon. Holy Cow. It still seems far away, but so close at the same time.

My runs last week were okay. The 5mile run on Tuesday was decent. Then I attempted to do a pace run on Wednesday by going slow for 0.5 miles, speeding up for the next 2 and then slowing down for the last 0.5. Well, somehow the middle 2 miles were the slowest! Gah. So that sucked.

Friday was my first double-digit run of 10 miles. I had a Clif Bar and my C4 pre-workout drink before I started. My last long run I had a Clif Shot Chocolate Gel and it was super yummy. This run I had a GU Vanilla Bean. Trying out a few different ones to see what I like. I set out and I was immediately hungry. The. Whole. Time. Not fun at all. I couldn’t wait to get to mile 5 (my turnaround) so I could have my gel. Mile 5 came, I stopped and ripped open that gel and it was disgusting. I didn’t like it at all. The Clif Chocolate one tasted like frosting, it was great. This one was awful and that was all I had. So that was disappointing. And of course, I can’t remember for the life of me where I got that Clif Gel. I’ve been racking my brain and I can’t remember.

Besides the disappointing gel, my run was pretty decent. I seemed to have a slow mile followed by a little faster mile. So I am pleased about that run.

Today I was supposed to do 3 miles, but ended up doing 5.12. I felt good the whole time and got into a really good running groove. I kept picturing my half and when I was coming towards the end I really gave a push and finished strong.

Looking at my paces from my Nike+ watch, they are okay. I would still like to finish in or around 2 hours. I went onto the Cellcom Green Bay Half Marathon website and found that they have pace teams. I think I want to try and stick with the 2 hour pace team for the majority of the race. Having people around me going the same pace always helps. Hopefully I will be able to meet the pace leader at the expo on Friday.

Today I was also going to sign up for my next race in June, the Bellin Run 10k. I always thought this race was longer because it’s a pretty big deal in Northeast Wisconsin, but it’s only a 10k. The race is on June 9th, so about 2 weeks after my half. Then probably the next pay day I will sign up for my MARATHON! Crazy.

Which gels do you like, if you use them?

Have you ever ran with a pace team? If so, how did it go?

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GPS Running

I got my GPS watch on Sunday for Easter and I couldn’t have been more excited. It was the first thing I found, haha. Even though I was wearing a dress, I wanted to go run outside and just never stop. Unfortunately, it needed to be charged first. Rain on my parade. So after staring at it and trying it on several times, I packed it back up and enjoyed the rest of Easter with my family.

When we got home that night though, I could not get to my computer fast enough to give it a charge, give it life! I went through all the menus, registered my email online so I can track my runs and then anxiously awaited until Monday morning.

Excitement was oozing from my body when I was getting ready for my run Monday morning. Not only did I have my awesome watch, but I had my new cold weather clothes that I purchased on Saturday! What girl doesn’t like new clothes? I was in heaven.

I got all ready and put my watch on and stepped outside to start linking the signal. I waited with baited breath until the signal linked and it said READY! I did my warm-up and was on my way!

My run on Monday was 3.32 miles. For the first mile, my paces seemed to be all over the place! But once I got on a straightway, it was pretty consistent to 8:50-9:10. I was so grateful I had my new clothes too because it was a rather chilly morning! The only thing bad about that run was my iPod didn’t seem to want to stay clipped to my pants, but after adjusting it, it was okay for the last 2 miles.

I got home, stretched, down some chocolate milk and ran upstairs to plug my watch into my computer so I could pour over the statistics. Surprisingly, my fastest mile was mile 3 with a 9:14 pace. And my slowest was 9:48, yuck. I def want to be faster than that! My goal for my half-marathon is to get under 2hrs.

For a first run with my new watch, I was happy. I was testing it out and I think I made the right choice with the watch I picked out 🙂

I got the Nike+ Sportswatch! The main thing that drew me to this watch rather than a Garmin or others was that it came with the foot sensor, I didn’t have to buy it separately. If it rains and I have to run inside, I can just throw that in my shoe and be ready and running. This will be especially nice during the winter months. Also, the numbers are big and it’s really easy to operate. The GPS is also made by TomTom, which is a plus in my book because I have two regular TomTom GPS’. I can look through all my runs right on the watch. It shows me my fastest mile, fastest 5k, and fastest 10k. There is also a stopwatch feature and there is also interval training that you can set. Overall, I’m super pleased with the simplicity and function of this watch.

What is your best race time?


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Decision Making

In my last post, I briefly mentioned my desire for a GPS enabled watch. Well, my first outside run of the season confirmed it; I want one. Right. Now.

I used to find a route near my house with the appropriate distance for my training today (3miles). Awesome. It was a pretty easy route, a basic circle of quite a few blocks. I started out fine, knew where I was going for about 1.5 miles. Then I had to find Isabella street. I don’t know if it was the blinding sun (I bought some sunglasses and I  invested in a hat as well) or I just wasn’t paying attention, but I missed it. So then I sort of took some random turns, and eventually got somewhat back on track. I never found Isabella street.

When I got home, I tried to remember what roads I turned down so I could figure out my new route to see how far I went. It was not fun. Trying to remember what roads I actually ran down as opposed to ones I just passed and looked at the name. How convenient it would have been to have a GPS watch. Yes, definitely.

So I headed out to do some watch shopping. I had been looking them up and doing some research the other night, but it just isn’t the same as seeing it in person (that is why I somewhat dislike online shopping. People who do all their shopping online, I applaud you).

I went to Target first (my new store obsession) and found the Nike+Stopwatch there as well as the Garmin Forerunner 210. I had done more online research on the Garmin‘s, so I looked at that one longer. I also went to Sears because, surprisingly, they sell GPS watches. They carried both the Garmin Forerunner 110 and 210, but both were out of stock and according to the salesman, indefinitely.

There is a New Balance store in Appleton that I didn’t realize, but unfortunately, they don’t carry watches. I then had an unpleasant experience at 2nd Wind Exercise Equipment.  The employee was pushing these Polar watches on me (which I had no interest in) and told me I probably won’t be able to find a good GPS watch for under $300. I’m not looking for a state of the art watch, just a basic one with pace, distance, and GPS. And I have found ones for under $300, thank you very much. Get your facts straight, buddy.

I found a great running store called Fleet Feet in Appleton and I will definitely be going back there, it’s more women friendly. They also had the Garmin Forerunner 210, but not in stock.

Up until this point, I was pretty sold on the Garmin Forerunner 210. Garmin is a good name, it had the functions I want. I really didn’t want an “off-brand” watch, in case I needed support, it’s usually easier to find with well-known items.

Garmin Forerunner 210

Then I went to Runaway Shoes. This is  wonderful, “home-y” running store, small in size, but the employees seem to know what they are talking about. The employee there told me all about his Nike+Stopwatch. And now I think that is what I want. What really intrigued me was the Nike+ sensor that is included, so I could run on my treadmill and still use the watch for pace and distance (which is nice because our treadmill isn’t very high-tech). I left the store now unsure of which watch to get.


Of course there are pros and cons to both, but the Nike+ Stopwatch seems like it would fit my needs better with the sensor included for treadmill running. And it is powered by TomTom, and that is the GPS brand that I have. It also does automatic updates, which is always a Pro in my book and syncing the watch to my computer seemed quite easy. Although I’m quite sold on the Nike+, I still sort of considering the Garmin Forerunner 210.

Any input or reviews of either of these watches would be wonderful! 🙂

Which kind of GPS watch do you have (if you have one)? What made your decision to get the watch you own, as opposed to a different one?

P.S. This morning was payday, so I signed up for my races! The Run 4 Home in Appleton on April 1st, the Oshkosh 5k on April 22, and the Cellcom Half-Marathon on May 20! I’m super pumped!

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